The Miracle Trio: Three Games That Beat the Odds

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Which of the three below did you think would become vaporware/be cancelled?

  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII/XV

    Votes: 1 16.7%
  • The Last Guardian

    Votes: 3 50.0%
  • Nioh

    Votes: 2 33.3%

  • Total voters
    6

SonOfEtro

Keyblade Master
May 2, 2016
784
619
#1
I think the next couple of years will be the culmination of a weird and wonderful time for us gamers. This is especially true because, after nearly a decade of waiting, three anticipated titles will finally be brought out of the shadows of development hell to stand tall or fall before a very different gaming landscape. These three are minor miracles because, at some point, there was a belief or even a consensus among fans that they would never appear, that they would join the sorry ranks of gaming vaporware. They are:

The Last Guardian: Everyone was excited about the new offering from Team Ico, the creators of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2, which has been in development since 2007. After capturing our hearts at its first showing in 2009, nothing for year after year after year but assurances of continued development even in the face of little to no footage. It has, against all odds, resurfaced and is once again thrilling people. And best of all, it is set for a release in December of this year.

Final Fantasy XV: Beginning development on PlayStation 3 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII in 2006, this game has changed name, changed platforms, changed staff, and even received changes to its story and gameplay. It's been a long and hard road, beset by technical and logistical problems for a company struggling to find its footing in the seventh generation with their most iconic series. Now, despite a delay of a few months to polish the game further, it is rapidly incoming, and the signs are more than encouraging.

Nioh: This easily tops the previous two in terms of both mystery and surprise. Beginning development all the way back in 2004, it was intended to be a cross-media project based on an unfinished script by Akira Kurosawa. Although the intended film was cancelled, the game continued. It changed genre more than once, and it was stuck in development hell until three or four years ago when Team Ninja were given the task of turning it into a workable game. Kudos to producer Kou Shibusawa for refusing to give up on the project, so gamers all over the world can enjoy it next year after twelve long years of waiting.

Let us now celebrate this amazing titles, games that may have missed a generation, but have won through against all odds to capture our hearts and minds once again.
 

AnGer-dono

SOLDIER Second Class
Dec 27, 2014
335
132
Germany
#3
The Last Guardian. Largely because during the PS3's life cycle, Sony began to push more towards their western teams/IPs and more or less ignored the Japanese side of their business (a trend that, from my perspective, continues to this day with the unceremonial dropping of the Vita (and not even bringing out their own games at retail) and the observation that their western stuff like Days Gone or Detroid gets shown more than Gravity Rush or TLG*). Taking into account that Fumito Ueda left Sony Japan Studio a while ago didn't help at all.

Final Fantasy XV is a close second, though I believed it would either be re-branded (which is what happened) or cancelled. Once they announced it as XV back in 2013, I was sure it wouldn't be cancelled.

Ni-Oh is something I didn't hear about until it was announced for PS4. So I can't properly comment on that.

Let us now celebrate this amazing titles, games that may have missed a generation, but have won through against all odds to capture our hearts and minds once again.
We'll see about that. Judging by the previews from TGS, The Last Guardian hasn't aged very well during its dev cycle. Which, I need to remind people, can be a problem with games that essentially jump generations. See also: Duke Nukem Forever.

*yes, I am aware that Sony are publishing Bloodborne and Ni-Oh in the west. I am strictly talking about their in-house titles.
 

SonOfEtro

Keyblade Master
May 2, 2016
784
619
#5
Shenmue 3 says hello. :)
While it's true Shen 3 has been a long time coming, it hasn't been technically in development with the aim for release since after Shen 2 was released. That's what the three above are: they've been in constant development and somehow managed to make it through.
 

Hynad

Yevonite
Sep 19, 2016
38
36
#6
While it's true Shen 3 has been a long time coming, it hasn't been technically in development with the aim for release since after Shen 2 was released. That's what the three above are: they've been in constant development and somehow managed to make it through.
Final Fantasy XV hasn't been in active development for as long as you think.

And Shenmue 3 has been worked on for a lot longer before the Kickstarter announcement. Yu Suzuki has been looking for ways to make it happen for over a decade, working on concept and ideas.